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2020 JJA Jazz Awards Announced

Carla Bley, Terri Lyne Carrington, Lakecia Benjamin, and JazzTimes are among this year's winners

Carla Bley
Carla Bley (photo: Mark Marnie)

The Jazz Journalists Association (JJA) has announced the winners of its 25th annual JJA Jazz Awards—and we are both honored and thankful to report that JazzTimes is among them, taking the award for Publication of the Year. But we’re not letting this recognition go to our heads; we’re just as gratified, if not more, to see that Carla Bley received a well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award, that Terri Lyne Carrington won Musician of the Year, and that Lakecia Benjamin was named Up and Coming Musician of the Year.

Here are a few more winners of the 2020 JJA Jazz Awards, including several JT favorites (check the results of our most recent Critics’ Poll and you’ll see we agree with the JJA on the year’s best album). 

Composer of the Year: Kris Davis

Arranger of the Year: Miguel Zenón

Record of the Year: Branford Marsalis Quartet, The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul (OKeh)

Historical Record of the Year: Eric Dolphy, Musical Prophet: The Expanded 1963 New York Studio Sessions (Resonance)

Record Label of the Year: ECM


Male Vocalist of the Year: Kurt Elling

Female Vocalist of the Year: Cécile McLorin Salvant

Large Ensemble of the Year: The Art Ensemble of Chicago 50th Anniversary

Mid-Size Ensemble of the Year: Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom

Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism: Stanley Crouch

Blog of the Year:

Robert Palmer-Helen Oakley Dance Award for Excellence in Writing: Nate Chinen


Book of the Year: Jazz from Detroit by Mark Stryker

For a complete list of winners, go to the JJA’s website.

Congratulations to all!